JDP,JPP-AJSU give Jharkhand bandh tomorrow against Adivasi killings

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Jamshedpur, Nov 25 (UNI)Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP), Jharkhand Peoples' Party (JPP), All Jharkhand Students' Unions (AJSU) and other adivasi organisations gave Jharkhand bandh call tomorrow in protest against attack on the tirbals in Asom yesterday.

JDP chairman and secretary All India Adivasi Coordination Committee (AIACC) Salkhan Murmu said yesterday's incident was a shame on humanity and an 'apartheid policy' of the Asom government towards the adivasis in the state.

Mr Murmu alleged that it was a deliberate attack on the adivasis, who shifted from Jharkhand and Bihar about 150 years ago and urged the centre to bring a bill in the on-going monsoon session of the Parliament to give Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the tribals of Asom.

He lamented that despite the presence of police in the heart of the capital, they remained mute spectators and the mass lynched the hapless adivasis including women, who took out rally for their democratic rights.

Mr Murmu said apart from observing bandh in Jharkhand and bandhs would be held in adivasi pockets of Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar and Chhatisgarh tomorrow.

He said the adivasis would also take out torch rallies wearing black badges in various places today.

JPP general secretary Surya Singh Besra and AJSU president Bimal Kachchyap demanded immediate dismissal of the Assam government and said yesterday's incident was a 'black day' for the country's democracy. They said centre should intervene without delay as the situation was volatile in Asom.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister S.Mahto also condemned the killing of adivasis in Asom and urged to centre's intervention and take action to provide security to the adivasis in the state.

Talking to UNI Mr Mahto said the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren along with some Jharkhand ministers will soon head for Guwahati to take stock of the situation.

He said the JMM would also support tomorrow's Jharkhand bandh.


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